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Fighting fit Freddie gets ready to party at big reunion bash

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A 74-year-old pensioner who can break bricks in half with his bare hands is still teaching karate to dozens of children.

Freddie Daniels, known as Master Freddie to his pupils, is fitter than most people several decades younger.

He still coaches full time for Milton Keynes Tang Soo Do club and even runs extra classes for students at Wolverton’s Radcliffe School.

“Freddie is a legend in the karate world,” said fellow master Salvador ‘Buzz’ Bastian.

“He can still do jump kicks and splinter planks of wood with his feet. He can also break two stacked bricks in half using his bare fist.

“He really must be the fittest pensioner in the whole of Milton Keynes.”

Freddie, a retired welder, joined the club as a student 40 years ago, inspired like hundreds of others by the karate craze prompted by Bruce Lee .

Said Master Buzz: “He joined the same week as myself and we were the oldest students.”

Seven years later the Stony Stratford grandad gained his black belt and 25 years ago he became a master.

He and other leaders at the non-profit making club have trained dozens of young people to national and even world champion level.

This month the club celebrates its 40th birthday on Friday, June 27, with a reunion party at the Herald Snooker Club on Stacey Bushes.

It is appealing for past students to come along .

Said Master Buzz: “MK Tang Soo Do has taught thousands of students over the years. We are like a huge family and it would be great to see all the old faces.”

The club takes children as young as six and has training sessions at Bradwell Village Social Club. Anybody wanting more information can contact them on Facebook on www.facebook.com/miltonkeynestangsoodo.

 

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